LETTER: Expansion deep in history, hard workTo the Telegram: I would like to offer some history and appreciation regarding the recent announcement of the Veteran’s Clinic remodeling and expansion. “Twin Ports VA Clinic Expands” published May 9.
To the Telegram:
I would like to offer some history and appreciation regarding the recent announcement of the Veteran’s Clinic remodeling and expansion. “Twin Ports VA Clinic Expands” published May 9.
Locating the Veteran’s Clinic here in Superior continues to provide direct service for our veterans in northern Wisconsin, Minnesota and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
We began this relationship back in 1986, in our joint efforts in locating the clinic here in Superior. The history of bringing the veterans clinic to Superior is long and had its challenges, and the continuing relationship with the clinic for years to come is very much appreciated. Many of us vividly remember the meetings and negotiations in Minneapolis and Washington D.C., to secure this wonderful service and addition to the community and the northern tiers of three states for our veterans. The veterans’ clinic is a perfect example of a strong partnership between many levels of government and the private sector.
Reflecting on the appreciation side of the veterans’ clinic becoming a member of our community, and its long-standing partnership with each and every one of us, we offer our gratitude to several individuals that have consistently nurtured the relationship with the Veterans Administration and the veteran’s clinic over the years.
Former Congressman Dave Obey was the key member of the team in securing the clinic for Superior. Many will also remember Obey inserting himself in critical discussions to determine whether the clinic would remain in Superior back in the mid-90s. Without continued assistance by Obey, the future of the clinic in Superior would have been very questionable. Consistent with Dave’s help is that provided by Congressman Sean Duffy, during this time of recent consideration by the Veteran’s Administration. Duffy has worked with us closely in assuring the recent expansion of the clinic.
Locally, four gentlemen have dedicated decades of service not only working to bring the veterans clinic to Superior, but have worked closely with the Veterans Administration to ensure continued presence.
It isn’t often that people in any walk of life receive recognition, let alone a quiet thank you for good deeds and services rendered. In this case, as in any, such service should be noticed. I am specifically referring to Sen. Bob Jauch, Rep. Nick Milroy, Douglas County Board Chairman Doug Finn and County Board Supervisor John Robinson.
I have observed each of them, in their respective positions, spend countless hours over two plus decades working with the Veterans Administration to secure assistance at all levels, monitor lease renewals and interface directly with the Veterans Administration regional office to make sure the newest contract for services was secured along with the expansion/renovation of the veterans clinic.
Through continuous dedication by these gentlemen and many others, we will now have an enlarged veteran’s clinic with the most up-to-date equipment and expanded services, including full ophthalmology and audiology for our veterans in this region. They will no longer have to travel to the Twin Cities for such services.
Speaking as one, we thank the Veterans Administration, the professionals at the clinic and our respective public servants for their dedication to the veterans of America and the region for which the clinic serves.
Mayor Bruce C. Hagen,